All images used with permission. Author photo below is by Eling // migration goods
If you’re a crafter, there’s a pretty slim chance that you’ve never heard of Martha Stewart. For many of us, she represents a kind of pinnacle in terms of business success, and in many cases, we see fellow crafters featured in her magazines and TV shows and assume that this was their springboard into the Big Time.
Well, in this podcast, we’ll hear from Liz Smith, who makes polymer clay and felt creations under the name Made in Lowell. Liz is one of those lucky crafters who got to go to Manhattan and craft with Martha on live, national television. So, what was that like? And what effect did it have on her business afterward? We find out in the show.
One of the things I appreciate most about Liz is that she has a very clear view of what “success” means for her, and she stays grounded in that. I think it’s tempting to dream about some outside influence coming along and handing us that mythical “big break” that will turn us magically into a big success.
But you know what? You can actually hand yourself breaks anytime you like. And you get to decide how you define success.
Links for Liz and Martha:
• Here’s the Made in Lowell online shop.
• Watch Liz’s segment on MARTHA here, and on that same page you’ll find the instructions to make her polymer clay egg ornaments.
• Not long after that, Martha made another of Liz’s crafts on the show: these place card holders.